Bees Are My New Snails, + I’m From Honey Mask Review (UPDATED!)

Note from Fiddy: Originally published on May 7, 2015, this review was updated with a revised rating and some new observations on 2/23/16. New content is in purple.

Hi, honey! (´ε` )♡

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I’ve developed a slight honey problem. The problem is that I can’t get enough of it on my face (this goes for propolis, too). It started when I fell hard for the Banila Co. Miss Flower & Mr Honey hydrogel masks. Now I’ve got propolis extract in my COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol and honey, royal jelly, and propolis extracts in my Shara Shara Honey Bomb All In One Ampoule. I’ve been bingeing hard on honey and propolis sheet masks and testing out two different rich honey creams. Let’s not forget the unbearably adorable Skinfood Honey Pot Lip Balms I’ve been carrying around like a grossly disproportionate Winnie the Pooh. Nearly a year later, my bee fetish continues to rule my routine–in fact, I think I’ve got more bee in my stash than I have snail. And my honey infatuation led me to the I’m From Honey Mask, the topic of our review today.

I'm From Honey Mask jar

Have I mentioned how much I like honey?

But first, lemme talk a little about honey!

The benefits of honey in skin care products

What makes honey such a great skincare ingredient?

Think of honey the same way you might about snail mucin. It’s not so much about any single unique and magical component as it is about the sum of the substance’s parts. Those fat, fuzzy, happy little honeybees that I back away from in very large steps whenever they buzz too close to my head produce a potent natural moisturizer packed with skin-friendly humectants, emollients, proteins, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and healing properties of honey make it useful for just about every skin type and concern. Hell, it’s pretty much as perfect as any truly natural skin care product can be.

Thing is, I’m not really a fan of the idea of slopping actual honey onto my face. It is rather sticky. I’d rather drizzle it on a hot buttered biscuit any food and put it in my mouth. And I’m a firm believer in the idea that science can improve upon nature, taking a great ingredient and adding complementary actives and extracts to make the final product even better. That was my thinking around the time that my finger slipped on the keyboard and put this mask in my Wishtrend cart the first time.


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Review: I’m From Honey Mask

I’m not usually a fan of the wash-off type moisturizing masks. I generally find sheet masks and hydrogel masks more than adequate to satisfy my skin’s hydration needs. But sheet masks and hydrogels are usually more humectant than emollient, and since my daily chemical exfoliation involves a controlled temporary weakening of my skin barrier, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to have a richer moisturizing mask option in my arsenal. Then I scrolled through the hilariously lengthy and OTT WishtrendI’m From Honey Mask product page*. The rest is history.

These days, my skin is much drier and more in need of moisture than it was back when I first wrote this review. When I purchased a fresh jar this time around, my thinking was something along the lines of “if I liked this mask back then, I bet I’d love the shit out of it now.” Tretfaces have some intense moisture needs.

Purpose: Wishtrend touts the I’m From Honey Mask as a skincare all-kill, claiming that it will nourish, moisturize, soothe, smooth, and brighten skin, improving elasticity and reviving the appearance of tired complexions without irritation or potentially harmful ingredients.

Best suited for: Dry, combo-dry, and normal skin.

Do not use if: You are sensitive to plant extracts, plant oils, vitamin E, or anything else in the ingredients list. Also do not use if you are allergic to bee stings, as this product contains bee venom.

When and how to use: Immediately after cleansing, scoop a generous quantity of I’m From Honey Mask out of the jar using the provided spatula. Spread over face and allow to absorb for 10 minutes to 1 hour. Wash mask off with water and continue with the rest of your post-cleansing routine.

Attaching spatula to I'm From Honey Mask

No tears cried over lost spatulas in this house.

I’m From Honey Mask ingredients:  Honey, caprylic/capric triglyceride, PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate, disteardimonium hectorite, macadamia integrifolia seed oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, pentylene glycol, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, beeswax, tocopheryl acetate, argania spinosa kernel extract, corylus avellana (hazel) seed oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, snail secretion filtrate, water, bambusa vulgaris water, nelumbo nucifera flower water, aloe barbadensis leaf water, propolis extract, beta-glucan, bee venom, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) fruit extract, sophora angustifolia root extract, eugenia caryophyllus (clove) flower extract, eucalyptus globulus leaf extract, punica granatum fruit extract, bambusa vulgaris extract, butylene glycol, glycerin

Notable ingredients: Remember how I said that I firmly believe in science’s power to improve on natural substances? I’m From Honey Mask is a near-perfect illustration of that process. This mask delivers a hefty dose of honey. 38.7% whole organic honey, in fact, rather than the more common honey extract (“Bit of a honey + water,” according to Wishtrend) found in other honey-themed products. And the honey is just the beginning. Hydrating plant extracts and emollient plant oils amp up the mask’s ability to plump and soften skin, snail mucin contributes additional humectant and antioxidant power, sophora angustifolia root extract helps to lighten dark spots and brighten overall skin tone, and propolis extract brings some extra healing oomph to the mix. Bee venom is said to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles by relaxing the muscles of the face; I have my doubts about the truth of this, but unless you’re allergic to bee stings, it shouldn’t be a problem.

CosDNA analysis

Performance

I. Love. Using. This. Mask.

Seriously, it’s one of the most pleasurable masking experiences I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing, and I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing a lot of pleasurable mask experiences.

I’m From Honey Mask is a smooth, glossy cream with all the density of pure honey but almost none of honey’s stiffness or intense stickiness. It spreads easily and smoothly on the skin and stays put, not melting or running even after being worn for a full hour. I’d describe the sensation of it on my face as satiny. It feels smooth and luxurious, and the thickness of the product prevents it from drying out while in use, allowing my skin to drink in as much of its goodness as time permits.

Because of the large amount of organic honey in this mask, batch colors can vary slightly, and a small amount of separation may happen. I stirred mine a little with the spatula the first time I opened it, and it’s been perfectly creamy and blended ever since. It smells, as you might have guessed, like honey. My second jar wasn’t separated at all, though I did still give it a stir before using, just in case.

I use this mask in one of two different ways, depending on the time I have and what I need. In the evenings, I apply it after cleansing and let it sit for a full hour to really soak up all the skin benefits of the honey and other ingredients it contains. In the morning, it also works beautifully as a quick 20-minute moisturizing mask. Both ways leave my skin soothed, even-toned, velvety soft, smooth, and lustrous. I did the morning thing today, and now, at midnight, hours after my evening cleanse, I still can’t stop stroking my cheek. It just feels so soft!

I last used the I’m From Honey Mask early in summer 2015. Now, in February 2016, my skin has changed somewhat. I’ve gotten older, of course, and the prescription tretinoin battling valiantly against the reality of my age has left my skin drier than it used to be. That may be why, when I used this mask for the first time again tonight, I fell so hard for it. Harder than I did before. My skin after an hour with this mask and some gentle rinsing is unbelievable. All the adjectives I used in the paragraph above still apply, and I also notice an unmistakable plumpness to my skin, especially around my eyes and on my forehead, a dry zone that generally shows fine lines more than the rest of my face. The other trouble zone down by my mouth is firmer. I’m sitting here spontaneously revising this review because I need to share these observations with you guys, like right now. And I’m revising more slowly than I should be, because I keep jumping up to go look in the mirror again.

Conclusion: I really like am shocked at how much I now love this mask. While there’s nothing particularly groundbreaking about the concept or the ingredients, the use of such a large amount of pure honey instead of extract sets it apart from much of the competition. The results it delivers after just one use are absolutely stellar, especially for skin battered by stress, fatigue, actives, aging, or general dryness. As an added bonus, it comes in a moderately sized jar that looks like it will last me many monthslasted me about two months with regular once-weekly use, a good amount of time as long as I don’t go hog wild and start using it every single day. Which, let’s face it, is a tempting thought.

The complaints I have with the I’m From Honey Mask are actually more complaints about the wash-off mask format in general than this mask in particular. The extra step of washing off the mask after use makes it less convenient than sheet masks, hydrogels, or sleeping packs. I’d rather use this mask in the morning so that I can flaunt the full results all day, but even I don’t have the time or inclination to commit to that extra rinsing step very frequently and this time around, I probably will use it in the morning quite often. Additionally, the slight residue that the mask leaves behind may be problematic for people with oily or easily congested skin. Despite these minor issues, however, I’ll definitely be using up the rest of my jar, and unless I find an even better honey mask, I’m sure I’ll buy another.

My only other complaint about the I’m From Honey Mask is the price. Exclusive to Wishtrend, this product is a little on the pricey side for a wash-off pack. I do obviously think the mask is worth it, however, given that I’ve bought another jar and plan to use it often, and then buy another jar after that, and so on until the end of time or I find a better product in this category, which seems unlikely.

The last of my birthday month #hauls is finally in! These came from #Amazon, @wishtrend, and @memebox_usa. From a random Japanese seller on #Amazon #HadaLabo Gokujyun Premium Lotion! I've been desperate to try this product for some time now. FIVE TYPES OF HYALURONIC ACID. It sounds like plumping heaven, and I'll be patting this in for the first time tonight. From Wishtrend #Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Sheet Mask x10. I love #sheetmasks and like trying new ones, but there are some tried-and-true varieties that I try to keep on hand at all times. The Rich Moist Soothing Mask is one of those varieties. These helped my face immensely when it was having one #eczema flare-up after another last year. #ImFrom #HoneyMask. I reviewed this a long time ago on the blog. I gave it a 4/5. I didn't even have #dryskin then, so I may end up liking it even more now! Made with a substantial amount of real honey (as opposed to honey extract) and containing a number of nourishing botanical oils as well as propolis extract and even snail mucin, this thick #washoffmask is packed full of things a #tretface will love. #OST Natural Vitamin 21.5 sheet mask was a freebie in my package, along with some Cosrx samples that I like to hoard for traveling. From Memebox: #PapaRecipe 2 Step Skin Cleaning Solution x5. I recently reviewed this peel-and-sheet-mask combo on #fiftyshadesofsnail. Loved it as a one-off treatment. Once my time with the Prelab Toning Peeling Tap is done, I'll be using these consistently, probably every third day, and seeing how they work as a regular #exfoliant. #Elizavecca Milky Piggy Water Lock Hydro-gel Melting Mask x5. I've really liked the other Elizavecca masks I've tried (Kangsi Mask and the famous carbonated bubble clay mask), so I have a good feeling about these hydrogels. I think I'll take it easy with the hauling next month. Then again, you never know! In honor of the SVU episode playing in the background, I used the Amaro filter on this. #rasianbeauty #kbeauty #koreanskincare #skincare

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Rating: 4/5 4.8/5

Rating scale:

1 – This should be taken off the market.
2 – Caused me some problems; would not buy again.
3 – Meh. Neither great nor bad.
4 – Pretty good. Would buy again unless I find something better.
5 – I’ll never be in the market for a replacement unless this one is discontinued.

Where can I buy I’m From Honey Mask?

 

Do you prefer DIY honey masks, or premade ones like I’m From Honey Mask? Tell me what you think of honey masks in the comments!

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22 responses to “Bees Are My New Snails, + I’m From Honey Mask Review (UPDATED!)

  1. So much honey! Midway through, I started reading it as “hone-y” in my head. This sounds terrific though and I’ve definitely been influenced by you to look into honey and propolis skincare. Also, I liked your Fashionista article a lot and am glad that you’re in a brighter place now. –Angela

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  2. Darn, just noticed the snails in here. It’s weird, but I’m OK with using bee products but not snail slime. I think because I can imagine the bees buzzing around a hive in the sun whereas I think of snails on little treadmills in cages. 😦

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  3. I was reading this review with my DIY honey mask on lol. I would love to try this mask but I don’t know when I’ll have the extra money to buy it (being a student and everything) so I will have to stick to my homemade honey mask. I did however bought the Holika Holika Honey Sleeping Pack because obviously I can’t use my DIY mask as a sleeping pack and I love love honey everything. Great review, I always enjoy your reviews and all your posts are so tempting, they make me wanna buy so many products.

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  4. So happy to see you wrote a review on this! I was considering this yesterday, and then today while I was enjoying AB-time, I wondered if FSoS reviewed it…? So here I am again, and you did ^_^

    I’m still enjoying the benefits and awesome longevity of Shara Shara’s Honey Bomb, so I think I’ll save this for a later date considering the I’m From mask is a wash-off…(my laziness or efficiency?? sometimes I cannot tell anymore); however, it does look luxurious if one can fully embrace the time needed for it. Glad it works out for you! =)

    And seriously, I’m so happy people like you Kbeauty blog, it makes it so much easier for readers to figure out if things could be appropriate for their skin in a relatively short amount of time — thank you!!!

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  5. I just uploaded a review of this mask on my blog : rinesoo.wordpress.com

    I have oily skin and the feel of my skin afterwards is indeed greasy… so I really don’t think this is for all types of skin.

    Wish I had the same results as you but I still did get some good results 😦

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  6. Same here! I love honey products and I developed a bit of an obsession towards them. Especially the I’m from honey mask which I adore! I’m really sad when I’m reading that people react allergic to honey products :(((

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  7. I love your blog and find your recommendations works for me really well.I am going to order first time from wish trend and want to use your referral what is your referral code or sponsor code?

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  8. Hi Fiddy, I wanted to send you a quick thank you for all the information you have posted here. I’m 56 years young, have lots of hyper pigmentation, large pores, acne scarring, aging skin. I have always loved skin care (often wanted to become an esthetician) and discovered Korean skin care a couple of years back. It’s been a busy (tough) year and I considered myself lucky to find time to wash my face and use Hado Labo Moist (love, love, love). I finally have been able to get back on a skin care regimen and searched the web to read up on my favorite topic (KSkin Care). I have been on your site almost daily since discovering it and have purchased several items based on your recommendations. I am also a fan of skin tools (dermaroller, Hada Crie (can’t seem to find time to use), Clarisonic, Jenu, Tria Face (gearing up to start using again), high frequency facial machine(newest purchase) and I’m sure I’m missing a couple). Do you use any tools? I would love to hear your experiences with any that you own.

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  9. Help me Fiddy! I purchased the I’m From Honey mask after reading nothing but stellar reviews. I have combo/dry, NON-sensitive skin. After the first application, I noticed a few bumps here and there, but nothing too major. After the second use…. OMG…. a huge, painful cheek zit, a sizable forehead one, and many more smaller ones on the bottom of my cheek to jawline. Nothing else different in my routine either time.
    Can you lend any insight as to which ingredient(s) could possibly be giving me grief? I am so disappointed, especially given the price. I will try to figure out another use….. foot mask, perhaps. But I’d love your thoughts!

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    • Oh no! That’s a bummer! Breakout triggers vary by person so I’m afraid I couldn’t really guess at what caused it for you, but do you know any other products that give you the same reaction? Comparing the ingredients could put you on to something.

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